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Man Rescued From Yakima Flag Pole Speaks Out

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Earlier this week Warren Henrichs was rescued from a flag pole on top of the federal courthouse in Yakima after he passed out from heat exhaustion. Earlier this week Warren Henrichs was rescued from a flag pole on top of the federal courthouse in Yakima after he passed out from heat exhaustion.
YAKIMA, WA. -- Earlier this week Warren Henrichs was rescued from a flag pole on top of the federal courthouse in Yakima after he passed out from heat exhaustion. We found out that Henrichs lives in Spokane. So we sent someone from our sister station, KHQ, out to talk to him about the experience.

Warren, 73 was glad to talk to us about his scary experience on top of the federal building on Monday. 

Just take a look at just tall this building and flag pole is. It's more than 70 feet off the ground. And on Monday it got close to 110 degrees on top of that building. While Warren was changing the ropes used to hold up the american flag, he started feeling woozy.

It happened quickly. All of a sudden, Warren said he was hanging upsidown from the flag pole and holding on for dear life.

"Then I wasn't just looking at a ladder and a run I can see 100 feet below me," Warren said. "Out of the corner of my eye, I can see 100 feet below me. Oh wow."

Warren said his big mistake was not drinking enough water. A coworker of Warren's called 9-1-1 and the Yakima Fire Department quickly cut the ropes holding Warren up and took him to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Warren said he feels fine. And after more than 50 years of working on flag poles, he doesn't plan to stop now. 

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